Today’s title is my own little witticism, and I’m quite proud of it. Mary Lu texted me on Sunday asking “How have you been?” To which I responded: “Not too bad, all twins considered.” I’m here all week, folks.
So here’s your weekly dose of Newsworthy Variations From Our Regular Schedule Plus Other Miscellany.
First up: lumbar support. I’ve been feeling kind of like an old woman ever since I started working out regularly, and I really thought this was just the way it was supposed to go. Back and knee pain are just the price we young, healthy people pay for trying to get into shape for the first time in our life. Two weeks ago I took a 5-day break from exercising to rest/heal my body, and my back pain was still bad. First I got angry. I thought working out was supposed to help with this kind of crap. What was the point of sweating for an hour every morning if I had to deal with joint pain as a result? Then I got smart. What if the culprit was not my workouts, but sitting in a kitchen chair hunched over my laptop all day long, only taking breaks to lift 30 lb kids onto my poorly-postured hips? So then I bought a lumbar support pillow on amazon, and now I feel much better.
I must have still been feeling a little rage-y, though, because a few days later I flew into a frenzy of clutter-induced crazy and threw half of the kids’ old toys into the recycle bin. It did not make my house look any cleaner. Seriously. Zero impact.
And as of this month, with our brand new March Budget, I bought a couple more age-appropriate toys that they should enjoy. Also bubbles, because the nursery informs us that Jared goes spastic over the things.
The other exciting piece of news is that our crock pot got a crack in it, so that also got tossed out and replaced with a similar model from Target. I went shopping with Amanda, courtesy of her having both a car and a grocery list, and I only made two unplanned purchases at Costco while we were out, both of which were actually quite necessary (size 3 diapers and coconut oil, if you were wondering), and then some less-responsible purchases at Target where things were cheaper: $6 on long-stemmed wine glasses and sparkling cider, because it makes at-home date nights feel a bit fancier.
Speaking of at-home date nights, it’s a new thing we’re trying. We celebrated on Friday night by ordering Mediterranean via DoorDash, watching Hercules on Netflix, and playing a game of “Hercules bingo” I created by culling the internet for Disney drinking games. ‘Twas a success.
All in all, in was a pretty laid-back week. I didn’t have any writing projects, so I just read some books while the kids played outside, instead. Now that it’s March, I have three weeks to cobble together my MSH paper, so writing is back on the agenda, but it should come together fairly easily, and then I get to party with my academic peeps in L.A. for a couple days.
As for the kids, we’re starting to get more legitimate words out of them. In the sense that I’m finally starting to detect patterns in their speech. One of their words is “bib,” and they’ve been saying it for several months now, but it was only this week that I confirmed that they are, in fact, saying “bib.” The difficulty has been this: they say “bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah?” How on earth was I supposed to differentiate that from random babbling? It’s as if they hear the word “bib” and think “At last! Two identical consonants in the same word! I’ve got this.” And then they let loose with their B’s.
It’s also always phrased as a question, too. “Bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah?” = “You’re going to put my bib on now, right? Right?”
As for Mike, his news this week is that he likes green bananas. Yep. I thought I’d escaped living with a green-banana-eater when I moved out of my parents’ house, but it turns out I married into the same dilemma. C’est la vie.
And here’s another picture of Rebekah. We love having a little girl. It’s so much fun to style her hair!